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Nominate Your Cancer Liaison Physician – Deadline April 1

Administered by the Committee on Cancer Liaison, the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Awards Program serves to recognize outstanding clinical champions who go above and beyond to make a positive impact on their cancer program and/or the community. The CoC is accepting nominations for outstanding CLP performance exhibited during the calendar year 2010.  Nominations must be received no later than April 1, 2011.

Cancer program staff, State Chairs, and American Cancer Society staff may nominate a CLP for excellence in one or more of the following areas in 2011:

•    Developed and/or implemented an idea(s) that improved quality of care at his/her facility.
•    Significantly contributed to the accreditation status of the cancer program.
•    Worked above and beyond normal CLP expectations to strengthen the cancer program.
•    Demonstrated leadership and support for cancer control activities in the community and with the ACS.
•    Served as a role model for other staff and exhibited characteristics that truly make him/her a physician champion for the cancer program.

All nominations must be verified and supported by the cancer committee chair of the CoC-accredited facility. The CoC will also request the support of the CLPs’ CoC state chair, and local American Cancer Society staff once all nominations are compiled.

You can complete and submit a nomination form at

Should you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Jones, Cancer Liaison Program Coordinator, at

NOTE:  A minimum of one year of the CLP term (three years) must be completed for eligibility.  A CLP is only allowed to receive this award once per three-year term.

Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) Update

In January, the Commission on Cancer requested all CoC-accredited cancer programs to update the Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) Level I data fields for 2011.  The deadline is March 1, 2011, however there is still time to log into CoC Datalinks and update.  In fact, designated staff with CoC Datalinks access can update FIPS Level I data all year long.  It is recommended that these data be reviewed quarterly so that the most current Services and Resources are displayed in the CoC Hospital Locator.

FIPS Level I data consists of the following categories:  

•    Facility Contact Information
•    Cancer-Related Specialists
•    Diagnostic Services
•    Surgical Procedures
•    Radiation Oncology Services
•    Medical Oncology Services
•    Cancer Rehabilitation Services
•    Supportive Services and Groups
•    Healthy Lifestyle and Prevention Programs
•    Screening and Early Detection Programs
•    Research Activities

There is now a FIPS Glossary posted on the CoC Datalinks Activity menu to help you define the Level I data items.  After making your selections remember to click "Save" at the bottom of each screen. The selections your cancer program makes will be available to patients through the CoC Hospital Locator accessible from the CoC Web site at

FIPS Level II data: Cases Reported to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) by Site and Stage

The FIPS Level II data table, found under the FIPS menu selection “Cases reported to NCDB by site and stage,” is currently available for 2008 cases.  Most cancer programs have already reviewed and made a decision about the release of the 2008 data for display on the CoC Hospital Locator.  Cancer programs can use this link to review their Level II data and change their release status, if needed.  CoC-accredited cancer programs will receive a notice in March when the 2009 Level II Site and Stage data becomes available.

If you have any questions, please email or call 312-202-5085.

CoC to Exhibit at ACCC

The CoC will host an exhibit at the following event:
Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)
March 24 - 26, 2011
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC
Booth #214

If you are attending this meeting, stop by the CoC booth to speak with Karen Stachon and see the new materials the CoC has to offer. 

To learn more about the CoC visit

In It to Win It! They Won It…Congratulations! Amy Baldwin-Stephens and Leslie Newman

The first CAnswer Forum raffle was held in February.  Each time a question was answered in the CAnswer Forum, the person’s name was entered into a drawing.  For example, if you answered 10 questions your name was entered 10 times. Amy Baldwin-Stephens from Waterbury, CT and Leslie Newman from Philadelphia, PA won in February.  They will have their choice of a free CoC Webinar for 2011 or an AJCC Cancer Staging Manual signed by Stephen B. Edge, MD, FACS, Editor.

The CoC thanks all of our constituents who have shared their knowledge and expertise by answering questions in the CAnswer Forum. To encourage participation, we plan to continue sponsorship of the In it To Win It raffle. At the end of March we will randomly select two more winners.  The prizes will again consist of a free CoC educational Webinar of your choice in 2011 or a new AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. The winners will be announced in the next issue of the CoC Flash.

So, if you are not already a registered user of the CAnswer Forum, please go to: to register today and start answering questions.  The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning a prize.  Remember…you have to be In It To Win It

CoC Accreditation Committee Releases Working Draft of Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care

The working draft of the standards for accreditation, scheduled for implementation in 2012, is posted on the Commission on Cancer (CoC) web page at and the link to the working draft is also available on the Cancer Program Standards Project Wiki page located at

The revised standards reflect the CoC’s increased focus on patient-centered care, reinforcing the importance of providing high quality care and improving patient outcomes.
The manual includes:
•    a new section that defines eligibility requirements for program participation
•    new chapters that reflect patient care and outcomes
•    tables that describe the requirements for each category
•    a glossary of terms

The content for several sections is still being finalized and will be included in the final publication which is scheduled for release in mid-2011. 

We continue to encourage accredited cancer program team members to use the Wiki page to provide comments and recommendations regarding the new standards.  We will consider all suggestions as we refine and finalize the standards for release later this year.  Questions about the standards in the working draft should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum at  Answers to these questions will be posted to the Forum for the benefit of all CoC-accredited programs.  Your continued feedback is important to us!

We encourage the cancer committee at each program to take some time between now and June to review the standards in the working draft and determine those areas of program activity that will require modification to existing processes, or where new processes will need to be defined and developed.  It is important that the cancer committee facilitate an environment that compels the members of the cancer program team to work closely together and recognize the need to provide services that cover the full continuum of care for the cancer patient. 

The following timeline of tasks to support implementation include:
•    Wiki page comment period - February – June
•    Pilot of select new standards during 50 program surveys - February - June
•    Survey Savvy Workshops - March, May, Sept.
•    Launch of webinar series on new standards - April
•    Expectations of programs due for survey in 2012 - June
•    Release of the 2012 Cancer Program Standards Manual - July-August
•    Release of YouTube video series for each standard - August-September
•    Release of new Best Practices Repository - September
•    Release of the new Survey Application Record - late 2012


Accreditation Committee Announces Preliminary List of 2010 OAA Recipients

The preliminary list of 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recipients is now posted at

Please review this list and contact Carol Woody at by March 17 if your program was surveyed during 2010 and you believe that your program is an OAA recipient but is not included on the preliminary list.

The final 2010 OAA recipient list will be published on-line by the end of March 2011.  Mailings of the congratulatory letter, press kit, and OAA trophy to each OAA facility will begin at the end of March. 

2011 Survey Resources Now Available

Online resources have been updated to assist with 2011 survey and SAR preparations.  The resources are available on the ‘Survey-Specific Resources’ page of the CoC Web site at  The following resources, located under the ‘SAR Instruction Guide,’ have been updated:
•    2011 SAR Tips—describe the various SAR fields and tables (also available in CoC Datalinks)
•    2011 SAR Documentation FAQ—answers typical SAR questions (also available in CoC Datalinks)

Updated resources located under ‘Post-Survey Information’ include:
•    Appealing the Accreditation Award—explains appeal process
•    Deficiency Resolution Documentation (one document for all programs)—provides information about documentation required to submit to support a deficiency resolution (also available on Datalinks)

It is recommended that appropriate cancer program team members (involved in survey preparation, SAR and Tracking Activity SAR completion, and coordinating submissions of appeals and/or deficiency resolutions) review the updated resources, along with the current standards, to understand what is required to prepare and submit to the CoC.

Cancer Liaison Program Update

The Cancer Liaison Program has been very active these past few months generating the following resources, and working on the following initiatives, to support State Chairs, Cancer Liaison Physicians, and American Cancer Society contacts.  For questions about these resources and initiatives, please contact Carolyn Jones at 312-202-5281 or via email at

•    The American Cancer Society ChrOniCle was published in December and can be found on the Cancer Liaison Program Web page at
•    The State Chair STATEment was published and distributed to State Chairs in December and is posted on the Cancer Liaison Program Web page at
•    State Chairs and American Cancer Society contacts have been asked to complete their respective activity reports reflecting 2010 activity.  If you are State Chair or American Cancer Society contact that needs access to the on-line report form for completion, please contact Carolyn Jones at
•    Aaron Bleznak, MD, FACS, Chair of the Cancer Liaison Program, will be presenting at the March 3-4 CoC Survey Savvy Workshop on the new role of the Cancer Liaison Physician.  The new role is outlined in the working draft of the new Cancer Programs Standards as Standard 4.3.  The working draft can be accessed at
•    Cancer Liaison Physicians in CoC-accredited Cancer Programs recently received two important mailings from the CoC - the 2010 Year in Review, for presentation to and sharing with the cancer committee, and a CD of the working draft of the 2012 Cancer Program Standards.  The CD is accompanied  by a letter outlining the status of the project along with instructions on how to use the CD.
•    Cancer Liaison Physicians will be receiving a communication from Dr. Aaron Bleznak in March formally introducing them to their new role.  The communication will include information about the availability of orientation and education and training resources relative to the new role.



NCDB Call for Data: Lessons Learned in January

The January 2011 submissions to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) went quite smoothly, but NCDB’s observations yield some suggestions for registries as they submit in the future. 

•    For 2009 diagnoses, 95 percent of all programs completed their initial data submission with no edit errors at all.  Seventy-two percent of the programs that submitted 1998 files had no edit errors and no rejected files.  Conclusion: Good work!  While NCDB encourages programs to clean their historic data, Standard 3.7 for edit-free data applies specifically to diagnoses in 2003 and later.

•    All cases submitted in January have been added to the NCDB database, and 99.8% of the 2009 cases (1,215,950) were free of edit errors.  Eighty-eight percent of all 1998 cases submitted (389,446) were clean.  Conclusion:  Great for 2009, getting better for 1998.

•    The most frequently failed edit for 2009 cases:  Derived Items, Date of DX.  The most likely reason for failing this edit is that the Collaborative Staging algorithm was not run after the cases were upgraded, or after cases that needed review were updated.

•    The most frequently failed edit for 1998 cases:  RX Date - Rad Ended, Rad-Treatment Volume.  The next most frequent was a similar disconnect between the date radiation started and recorded radiation.  In each instance, there was a reported date but no indication in the “volume” item that radiation was given.  That item was defined by conversion when FORDS was implemented in 2003 and may be corrected with a simple “fix”; check with your software provider.

•    Just over 5 percent of files submitted during January were rejected.  Rejected files included edit reports that were submitted instead of the data, edit metafiles, patient lists, cases diagnosed in years other than 1998 and 2009, and cases diagnosed prior to the facility’s Reference Date.  Conclusion:  Check that the suffix on the file you are submitting is the one used by your software for submissions to NCDB.  Also, make sure cases in your registry database that were diagnosed before your Reference Date are correctly coded as Class of Case 35 or 37 so they will not be selected for submission with the analytic cases.

Coming in March. 
Cases diagnosed in 2003 and 2008 that were changed by the registrar on or after July 1, 2009, must be submitted during the month of March.  The deadline will be March 31 at midnight CDT; submit cases early in the month if you are ready.  Your registry software can select these cases.  Both 2003 and 2008 diagnoses are subject to Standard 3.7.  Corrections for cases diagnosed in 2009 and 1998 also may be submitted during March.  The deadline for corrections for cases diagnosed in 2003, 2008 and 2009 is May 31, 2011.

Avoid getting too far ahead of yourself. Please do not create your files for submission until you are ready to submit them.  Generating your file more than one month before submission will mean that not all changed cases will be sent to NCDB.  While we encourage registries to review and clean cases ahead of time, wait until you are approaching the submission period to generate your submission file, and check it one more time for any edit errors that may have crept in since the initial cleaning.

NCDB Submission of Cases Diagnosed in 2003 and 2008 Begins March 1

All analytic cancer cases diagnosed in 2003 and in 2008 that were changed by the registrar since July 1, 2009, must be submitted to NCDB by March 31, 2011.  Do not submit cases diagnosed before your current Reference Date.  Cases diagnosed in 2003 and 2008 are subject to Standard 3.7, and any cases with errors or rejections must be corrected and resubmitted by May 31, 2011.  All cases must be error-free at initial submission to qualify for possible commendation for Standard 3.7.

If you “worked ahead” and created a submission file before February 1, please recreate it now.  Remember to run the file you submit through GenEDITS Plus with the NCDB submission edit metafile before submitting.

Corrections to cases diagnosed in 2009 and 1998 may be submitted during March.  They are due by May 31.  The NCDB submission window will be closed during April, and will reopen May 1 when cases diagnosed in 2004 and 2007 will be collected. 

If you think you will need an extension to the submission deadline, see the specifications in the June 2010 CoC Flash at

Direct questions about NCDB submissions to

New Report Helps Programs Track NCDB Data Submissions

The report, NCDB Submissions Report for 2011, is posted in CoC Datalinks under “National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Data Transmission.” It will show which files were received by NCDB during the six data submission months in 2011, along with the number of cases submitted, the number requiring further attention, and deadline for corrections.

The innovative aspect of this report in comparison with the other reports for registries is display of the cumulative count of the number of cases added to the NCDB database in 2011 for each required diagnosis year, and the number of those cases that have edit errors remaining to be corrected.  An informational document is linked from the report.

The new report currently displays the results of the January 2011 submission of cases diagnosed in 2009 and 1998.  It does not show cases that are NOT part of January’s Call for Data requirements; those cases are rejected.  Cases submitted for resolution of deficiencies will NOT be included in this report, which is specific to the Call for Data.

Related Reports.  An automated e-mail is sent to the person who submits a file to NCDB upon receipt of the file, and a second automated e-mail is sent to the registrar on record for the facility when the data have been read and edited.  The status of each file submitted is reported in History and Edits of Patient Level Data Submission to the NCDB in CoC Datalinks.  That report includes the edit report and a site by stage tabulation for each submission, but it does not indicate the status of cases in the NCDB database.

Attend May Survey Savvy Workshop at NCRA

A one-day CoC Survey Savvy Workshop will be held Sunday, May 15, at the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 37th Educational Conference in Orlando/Lake Buena Vista, FL. This pre-conference workshop, New Standards Implementation: Delivering the Message to Your Team, will examine the new standards in depth. The workshop will provide  participants with tools to facilitate implementation and enhanced performance with these standards. The new standards reinforce the CoC’s commitment to high-quality care for all cancer patients by establishing new criteria for patient-centered care and reinforcing the focus on patient outcomes. Workshop Objectives:

  • Interpret the change and requirement for each standard.
  • Describe implementation strategies to address the standards.
  • Illustrate how the standards can be used to improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Communicate new methods to improve team involvement in the success of the cancer program.

Registration for the workshop is through the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), and the deadline for registering is April 1, 2011. Space is limited so register today. For information and registration, log on to NCRA’s Web site at:

Save-the-Date: Survey Savvy – Fall 2011

Due to popular demand, we have added a fall Survey Savvy Workshop on September 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Hollywood, CA. The fall Workshop will feature education on the finalized standards for 2012. Please mark your calendars for this event. Registration is scheduled to open in June. Stay tuned to the CoC Flash for updates.

Upcoming CoC Live Webinars

MARCH 2011
Clinical Research in the Community Practice Setting

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Central Time

Cost: $50.00

Course Overview:
This presentation will review important aspects of cancer clinical trials including the value of conducting and opportunities to access clinical trials. Recommendations on the successful administration and promotion of clinical trials will also be covered.

Target Audience:
This program is intended for health care providers, research staff and health care administrators.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify required infrastructure necessary for a clinical trials program
  • Identify options available to centers to access cancer clinical trials
  • Identify criteria for selecting a clinical trial to open in their community
  • Identify  methods for promotion of clinical trials in the community
  • Identify key elements to ensure the safe and valid administration of trials

Douglas J. Weckstein, MD
New Hampshire Oncology Hematology PA
Hookset/Londonderry, New Hampshire

CME Credit:
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To register, please visit:
Remember, you can pay for registration by check by calling 1-800-274-9390!
Payments by check must be received prior to the live event date.



New ACS Prostate Cancer Guidelines

Learn about the new Early Detection Guidelines in our On-Demand Webinar for prostate cancer, presented by Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Director of Prostate and Colorectal Cancers at the American Cancer Society.  In this Webinar, Dr. Brooks presents recent updates to the ACS guidelines and highlights potential benefits and limitations of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

This Webinar is recommended for primary care clinicians, radiation oncologists, urologists, and general surgeons who perform prostate surgery or provide prostate cancer screening.

CME credit is available for this complimentary Webinar.

For more information and to register for this Webinar, please visit this link:

Move to the Fast Track: Getting Your Cancer Program Ready for the RQRS

Enrollment in the voluntary Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) will be opened to all CoC-accredited cancer programs in the spring of 2011.  The CoC is proud to present:  ‘Move to the Fast Track: Getting Your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS).’  This one-hour Webinar on April 19 will review how to enroll in this voluntary program, how to submit and update information on RQRS cases, best practices gathered from alpha and beta test participants on maintaining concurrent abstraction for RQRS cases, and the benefits and challenges to active participation in this novel system.  This Webinar will benefit cancer programs which are considering enrolling or have recently enrolled in RQRS.  

Understanding NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar

Learn more about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) components and standards, including recent changes to several of the standards, by registering for the NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2011, from 9–10 am (CT). This Webinar will introduce new programs to the NAPBC components and standards. It will also provide NAPBC-accredited centers with new information related to changes made to the NAPBC standards reflected in the 2011 NAPBC Standards Manual

If you are interested in adding your name to the Webinar pre-registration list, send an e-mail to, and we will inform you when a link to online registration is available.  

On-Demand Webinars Now Available

Visit the On-Demand section of the CoC Online Education Portal for any live programming that you may have missed in 2009 or 2010. On-Demand programs are available to you any time of the day or night, seven days a week. Each program is $50 and offers CE credit (or CME where noted in the program description).

For more information or to register for an On-Demand Webinar, please visit

Visit AJCC Exhibits in March

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) will sponsor exhibits at two important meetings in March.  The AJCC will have a booth at the Society of Surgical Oncology’s 64th Annual Cancer Symposium which is taking place in San Antonio, TX on March 2-5, 2011. The AJCC will also be at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s 16th Annual Conference in Hollywood, FL on March 9-11, 2011. Stop by the AJCC booth to find out more about the AJCC’s latest educational products and resources.

Collaborative Stage Version 02.03.02 Data Conversion Specifications Updated

The Collaborative Stage Version 2 Work Group announces the release of revised specifications for conversions from Collaborative Stage version 02.0x.xx to Collaborative Stage version 02.03.02.

Conversion Specifications and Release Materials for CS Version 02.03.02

The conversion specifications and release notes for version 02.03.02 have been updated to correct known issues and to comply with the requirements of the sponsoring organizations.  The revised documents are dated February 14, 2011 and are available for download from the CS Web page of the American Joint Committee on Cancer's (AJCC) Web site at   All other programming and documentation files for this release are available at this same web site.

The conversion specifications consist of two files:  A MS Word file containing the textual instructions, and a MS Excel file containing the conversion specifications.  These two documents comprise the guide for release 02.03.02.  No other implementation guides are required for this release. 

Implementing Version 02.03.02

If you have already implemented CS version 02.0x you can implement CS version 02.03 at any time.  CDC will be providing Northcon12 and a DLL that will perform the conversions and derivations from CS version 02.0x to CS version 02.03.  This program should be available in March 2011.

If you have not yet implemented CS version 02.00.01 (released in 01/10), 02.01.00 (released in 2/10), or 02.02.00 (released 4/10) you must do so before implementing this new release.  All conversion specifications and implementation instructions published for the initial version 2 releases must be followed prior to conversion to version 02.03.02.  A conversion program from CS version 1 to CS version 2 is available on the AJCC Web site at  The implementation guide for converting from CS version 1 to CS version 2 is available at  Please note that this implementation guide covers Collaborative Stage version 1 to Collaborative Stage version 2, not CS version 02.0x to CS version 02.03.

For More Information

Vendor and general questions regarding the CS release can be submitted to  All medical, abstracting, coding, and staging questions should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum at

2011 NAPBC Standards Manual NOW Available!

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Standards and Accreditation Committee has completed its work on the 2011 NAPBC Standards Manual, which can be viewed on the NAPBC web site at The following standards have been changed:

•    Standard 1.2 - Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference
•    Standard 2.12 - Radiation Oncology
•    Standard 2.16 - Genetic Evaluation and Management
•    Standard 2.18 - Reconstructive Surgery

NAPBC Workshop Schedule - Spring 2011

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) workshops seek to raise awareness of the value and importance of NAPBC accreditation to your breast center. Workshops are designed for individuals involved in the delivery of multidisciplinary breast health care, including physicians, nurses, administrators, cancer registry professionals, and others involved in the day-to-day operations of the breast center.

The NAPBC faculty will help workshop attendees understand the multidisciplinary requirements of the components and standards, and survey process.

Past participants have found the workshops extremely helpful in clarifying the program structure, understanding the program components, standards, and survey process, and realizing the benefits of accreditation. Upcoming workshops will include detailed information about changes made to several of the standards included in the 2011 NAPBC Standards Manual


Workshop Detail

Sunday, March 13, 2011   

Half-day workshop in conjunction with the National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Meeting—Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Full-day workshop held in conjunction with the National Cancer Registrars’ Association Annual Meeting at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort., Orlando, FL

Registration information is available on the NAPBC Web site at, or contact the NAPBC administrative office by calling 312-202-5185, or by e-mail at

NAPBC to Exhibit at NCBC and ASBD

The NAPBC will be hosting an exhibit at the following events:

National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. (NCBC)
March 12 - 16, 2011
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD)
March 24 - 26, 2011
Four Seasons Resort & Club
Las Colinas/Dallas, TX

If you will be attending these meetings and have questions, or wish to pick up an NAPBC information kit, please stop by the exhibit and see Cindy Burgin.  To learn more about the NAPBC visit or email or call 312-202-5185.

2011 ACOA Oncology Update Conference Registration Is Now Open

The American College of Oncology Administrators (ACOA), a specialty group of the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA), announced that registration is now open for the 2011 ACOA Oncology Update.  The Conference, which is co-hosted by the ACoS–CoC, will be held June 22–24, 2011, in the American College of Surgeons Conference Center in Chicago.  This year’s theme is Achieving Excellence in the New Healthcare Era.  

Conference offerings include two optional tours on Wednesday, June 22.  Tours will be available to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's Maggie Daley Center for Woman's Cancer Care and to the NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Center.  

Conference speakers will focus on the future of the healthcare environment.  Patricia Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network, will present “Major Forces Impacting Oncology Care.”  David Katz, MD, JD, Executive Director, The Advisory Board Company, Oncology Roundtable, will address “Cancer at the Crossroads:  Delivering on the Promise of Patient-Centered Care.”  Connie Bura, Administrative Director, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, will discuss “New Standards for Accreditation in 2012.”  Two speakers from Sg2 will provide their perspectives to attendees with Lisa Slama, PhD, Associate Vice President, presenting “Cancer Payment and Legislative Update” and Trevor Burgon, PhD, providing insight into “Future Trends in Breast Cancer Care Delivery:  Clinical Alignment and Resource Effectiveness.”  Other topics include: The Oncology Revenue Cycle, Multidisciplinary Care Models, Survivorship Programming, Effective Marketing Strategies and more.

Conference sessions will be held in a technologically engaging, laptop-ready environment.  Attendance is limited to 100 participants to ensure effective interaction and speaker access.  The conference hotel is the Allerton Hotel at 701 N. Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.  For full details, go to the ACOA Conference page on the AAMA Web site.

Attend Conference on Transition to Life after Cancer Treatment

Register now for “Bridging the Transition to Life after Cancer Treatment Conference," April 29-30, 2011, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, MN.

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Minnesota Oncology, and the Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota will hold an educational conference for health care professionals who can learn how to assist cancer patients with the transition from cancer treatment to life after treatment. Oncologists, primary care and family practice physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, dietitians and other cancer care professionals are encouraged to attend the proposed interdisciplinary conference. Breakout sessions will focus on three different tracks: 1) identifying, preventing and managing co-morbidities and treatment-related complications; 2) lifestyle recommendations for the prevention of chronic disease among cancer survivors; and 3) psychosocial, spirituality, and relationship issues after cancer treatment. Featured speakers include: Patti Ganz, MD, University of California Los Angeles, Jon Hallberg, MD, University of Minnesota, and Wendy Harpham, MD. A call for posters has also been announced, and information can be found at

For more information, and to register for the conference, go to


Start Thinking Now about Your CEs! 
Two archived Webinars, each worth one Continuing Education (CE) credit, are now available. View these one-hour Webinars at your convenience, and get a head start on accruing your needed CE credits. NCRA also offers live Webinars, including a series on advanced abstracting. Three Webinars of the six-part series will be presented this spring.
Archived Webinar: Advanced Quality Abstracting of GYN
Archived Webinar: Workload Study 
Information on the LIVE Advanced Abstracting Webinar Series
Register for the LIVE Advanced Abstracting Webinar Series

Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop at NCRA 2011 
Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
7:30 am to 5 pm daily
A "sell out" for four years running, the Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop is an intensive, three-day training program designed to focus on the concepts of quality abstracting and data-reporting practices for new cancer registrars. Designed for cancer registry employees with less than two years of experience, the training program provides an in-depth discussion of the coding rules and reporting requirements and includes several site-specific discussions. (Note: The workshop runs concurrent with NCRA's conference sessions.)
For more information, click the following links:
Workshop Information
NCRA Annual Conference Information and Registration
Hotel Information and Reservations


Monthly Spotlight: Association of American Cancer Institutes

The Commission on Cancer regularly collaborates with over 48 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI).

The AACI represents 94 of the premier academic and free-standing cancer research centers in the United States and is dedicated to promoting their common interests. AACI provides a unified voice for cancer center leaders to educate policy leaders and the public about the importance of cancer centers and the role they play in reducing the cancer burden in their communities. AACI also sponsors initiatives focusing on clinical research and the oncology workforce, and it administers a translational cancer research fellowship. AACI’s current president is Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO, James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute.

Event Information:
Major AACI events include an annual general membership meeting, conducted in cooperation with the Cancer Center Administrators Forum. It also holds an annual meeting for the AACI Clinical Research Initiative, and co-sponsors, with three other major cancer research organizations, an annual visit to Capitol Hill for cancer center leaders to meet with legislators and their staff members.

Recent Publications and/or Products:
AACI produces a member newsletter, AACI Update, which is circulated by email 10 times per year to more than 1,000 recipients. AACI has also launched a quarterly newsletter as part of its Clinical Research Initiative, and in 2010 it published a report on efforts to support and expand the oncology workforce at member cancer centers.

For more information on this organization, please contact:
Barbara Duffy Stewart, MPH, Executive Director, 3708 Fifth Avenue, Medical Arts Building, Suite 503, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-647-6111 | Web site: